Nicholas Burns, an Atlantic Council board director and executive committee member, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times on how US President Barack Obama should respond to the crisis in Ukraine:

Suddenly, Russian troop movements in Ukraine, which U.S. officials now are calling an invasion, have shuffled the president’s foreign policy priorities and set up what Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state, called “the most difficult international crisis of his presidency.”

“This goes directly to vital American interests,” said Burns, who has worked for presidents of both parties. “The response has to be strong, confident leadership.” […]

The dividend from the Cold War’s end — a Europe that is “whole, free and at a peace,” in the words of former President George H.W. Bush — is now in question as never before, Burns said Sunday in a conference call with reporters sponsored by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based research group.

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